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Former OSU coach Sean Sutton to address media before entering plea Friday

With charges of unlawful possession of prescription drugs pending, the former Cowboys basketball coach accepts blame and apologizes to the "many people I let down."
By JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Modified: August 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm •  Published: August 12, 2010

STILLWATER — Ninety days of rehab behind him, former Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton will address the media Friday before appearing in court to enter a plea in connection with charges of unlawfully obtaining and possessing prescription drugs for nonmedical use.

Sutton's preliminary hearing on four felony charges had been delayed more than two months to accommodate his continuing treatment program. Now completed, as part of the condition of his release, Sutton has scheduled an 11:30 a.m. news conference at the Stillwater Community Center, before he is due in court.

“I am looking forward to addressing the media,” Sutton said in a statement. “The past six months have been the most difficult time of my life. But as difficult as it has been for my family and me, this time has also been an incredible opportunity to learn and grow.

“As a family, we decided to accept this situation – which was totally my fault – as an opportunity to re-examine our goals and values, to grow in our Faith, and to learn as much as possible about addiction so we can help others who have fallen into the dangerous trap of prescription drug abuse.

“As I move forward, I am fully aware I have a responsibility to the many people I let down, not the least of which are my family and many friends. At 41, there is a lot of life ahead, and I fully intend to be an honorable husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I have much to prove to restore faith and confidence in me, but I am ready to do so.”

Sutton was arrested Feb. 11 and later charged with four felonies after an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. Authorities became aware last August that he was visiting multiple doctors and attempting to obtain prescription drugs. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents approached Sutton, who admitted he had a problem. At that point, he checked himself into a treatment facility and maintained regular contact with authorities. In January, Sutton cut off contact, raising suspicions. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents discovered that Sutton was then regularly ordering prescription drugs from out-of-state sources, leading to his arrest.

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